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US: Maryland will vote on marriage equality

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  1. This whole “voting” business is crazy! it’s like a vote on other people’s lives! Why SHOULD how someone else lives their life be decided by a mass vote – of predominantly OTHER people? I mean- why should it be down to a majority vote of other people- what a certain other group is “allowed” to do? What gives them the right to vote on this? It’s not as though they are voting on their OWN right to marry- they are basically saying that they don’t think CETAIN other people should be allowed to! It’s bonkers!

    1. This in itself should be a criminal offence

  2. whilst we are at it we need a referendum on whether women are still allowed to vote and if it still no longer ok to make black people sit on the back of the bus.

  3. On a positive note: A recent poll showed a dramatic shift in public sentiment since President Obama came out in support of marriage equality. Specifically the biggest gains were in the African-American community. While I don’t think the law will survive the referendum, it will be much closer than anyone expected just one year ago.

    1. Forgot to say: We’re also talking about a border (southern) state. So we knew all along that this was going to be an uphill battle.

      1. maryland is not southern, well in this sense. polling is like 57% in favor of upholding gay marriage (though polls can be unreliable on this issue) Furthermore, although perhaps historically southern, in the south of the mason-dixon /slave state sense – sensibilities in maryland are very progressive and not socially conservative like the real south. I mean, look at our governors, senators, and most of our representatives, hardly even centrists on most social issues they’re practically San Franciscan, in fact Pelosi is from Maryland

  4. No one is qualified to vote on other people’s lives.

  5. Of course no majority should be able to vote to deny human or civil rights to minority groups.

    It is an abuse of democracy.

    It besmurches they character of Maryland people that they have achieved such a heinous and odious result in a petition.

    I have no doubt that the right outcome will result – the referendum outcome will be on the right side of history and ensure fairness, equality and human integrity.

    Its a shame that some people fail to understand what it is to human and to love their neighbour and seek to use every tactic to deny freedoms they already have to others.

  6. That There Other David 13 Jul 2012, 10:16am

    The anti-equality crowd have so far forced three referenda this year, but all in states that are likely to vote FOR marriage equality. Although the rights of minorities should never be put to the public vote IMO I’m hopeful that three gains for marriage equality at the polls is going to be the result here. At which point the whole push for referenda will subside in other states.

    Once they realise this tactic is going nowhere they’ll abandon it.

  7. Keith Farrell 13 Jul 2012, 1:48pm

    I wonder if the signatures were from that state. I think it is about time the US government stepped in and made discrimination against the law

  8. Gay activist Paul Mitchell 4 Aug 2012, 6:48am

    Civil rights should NEVER be decided at the ballot box, however laws on tax or taxations should ALWAYS be voted on at the ballot box!

    Sometimes I wonder if some of those signatutures are forged, duplicated or listed with made-up names (such as Donald Duck)?

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